Articles that caught my eye

In the interest of cleaning up my Facebook feed and still communicating, about issues of the day, with those interested, I’ll be using my (preexisting) blog as a vessel for aggregating favorite links and documenting some of my thought. Today’s post links to some writing I’ve come across since Friday.

1) Andrew Sullivan is back to semi-regular publication, after a long hiatus. I look forward to the moment, on Fridays, when his weekly post hits my inbox. My favorite parts of this week’s post are towards the back. Sullivan manages to show great sympathy for Trump supporters, without normalizing Trump *nor* degenerating into liberal-bashing (By the way, *everyone* lives in a bubble, not just liberals J):

“In America, as Charles Murray has shown in his extraordinary book, Coming Apart, the young and the smart and the talented — the people who would once have formed the core of these small towns — have long since fled to distant colleges and cities. They don’t come back. They would once have been the police chief or the town librarian or the school principal. They once helped make the town a well-run place with a clear identity, where the same families and networks lived together, died together, belonged together. These connections have attenuated … as economics supplants culture, as efficiency erases the individuality of inefficient places, as Amazon rips the heart out of shopping districts, as the smartphone removes us from physical space, and as many more immigrants and their culture alter the feel of a place in ways that disorient those with memories and loyalties.

I don’t think we can understand the politics of this moment — Brexit, Trump, Le Pen — without noticing this abiding sense of loss.”

2) This tweet from a former Regan adviser caught my eye. I can’t say much about him, but the argument fits my prejudices, and falls in line, of course, with the Ioffe article on “The State of Trump’s State Department” that he links to.

3) Amy Siskind is performing a very notable public service, by cataloguing the small and large breakages of our systems and norms that are taking place each week. I’ll likely post her material in the future. Here’s Week 16 (since the election).


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